Arizona Bug Company
Pest Control in Sedona and the Verde Valley, Prescott and Prescott Valley



1146 S 10th St, Cottonwood, Arizona 86326

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22
Jun
Closeup of Blister Beetle on Hand

Closeup of Blister Beetle on Hand

Blister beetles get their name because of they have a defensive secretion made up of cantharidin. There are over 7000 species known worldwide and they come in many colors, shapes, and sizes. The adults typically feed on a wide variety of plants and flowers and the larva enjoy grasshopper eggs. They can cause damage in gardens and crops because they will feed on the leaves of your plants. You generally don’t want to handle them bare handed because if they become agitated they can release the blistering agent.


Large Blister Beetle on Mans Glove

Large Blister Beetle on Mans Glove


Category : Bugs | Cool Bugs | Blog
20
Jun
A Female Black Widow Spider

A Female Black Widow Spider

 

The Black Widow Spider has to be one of the most recognizable spiders. She is named black widow because oftentimes she will eat the male after mating. The bite of a male widow is not considered dangerous but a little nip from the female widow can be very dangerous to humans. The web of this spider is erratic in nature and very sticky and the strands are very strong.

My experience with the Black Widow has been – if you give her space she will run and hide from you. The main two ways I see people get bit are getting too close if she has a egg sac, and putting their hands in areas that the spider is hiding.

If threatened this spider will bite or if she has eggs she will protect them. I often find these spiders in children’s outdoor toys that have not been played with for awhile. I always encourage parents to check these toys regularly. They are almost always outdoors or in garage entry points but can make it inside from time to time. The most common way for them to come in is when you carry them in on something that had spent some time outdoors.

Category : Bugs | Blog
18
Jun

The Paper Wasp is a social insect with annual nests. The queen builds a nest using chewed wood pulp. Adult paper wasps either drink nectar or yummy caterpillar juice. The adults are kind enough to return to the nest and regurgitate the caterpillar milk shake for the larva. But don’t worry the baby wasps return the favor by allowing the adults to drink their saliva (yum yum).

Nests usually have a few dozen workers, but can get rather large if not treated and removed. In the Fall when it gets cold, new young queens will burrow into the ground to over winter waiting for spring to do it all again. The young queen doesn’t reuse the old nest in the spring but starts over by building a new one.

The pictures here are actually some microscope shots of wasps in development inside the nest. Thought it was interesting since most people never get this close to them.

Category : Bugs | Blog
16
Jun
Banded Alder Borer Beetle

Banded Alder Borer Beetle

 

Living in the high desert of Arizona you come across some strange insects. This fun looking guy was found by my technician Tory. He is called the Banded Alder Borer Beetle. It is in a family of beetles known as the longhorn wood boring beetle. They can be found from Alaska to Arizona. They  reach sizes of about 25 to 35 millimeters. The larva of this beetle feed on dead hardwood trees. They are not considered a pest but I wanted to share such a cool looking insect.


Category : Bugs | Cool Bugs | High Desert | Blog
27
Apr
Three Ladybug Larva on Wall

Three Ladybug Larva on a House

Beginning to see a lot of ladybug larva in the Verde Valley right now. Everybody is familiar with the adult version of this bug but not many know what the babies look like. Ladybugs feed on aphids and other garden pests. One common misconception about the ladybug is that as it ages it gets more spots, when in fact they are born with the number of spots they will have. There are about 500 different species of ladybugs in the United States. Ladybugs received their name from catholic farmers, the farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary for help with the crop-destroying insects. A few days later, the lady bug showed up. The farmers named the beetles “the Beetles of our lady” and they later became known as ladybugs.

Ladybug Larva Outdoors

Ladybug Larva Outdoors with Spots Showing


Category : Bugs | Cool Bugs | Blog
3
Mar
Beehive Underneath a Log in Prescott

Beehive Beneath a Log in Prescott

As we start to get into the full swing of spring, it’s a good time to walk around our homes and check stuff out. We find many times that beehives will go unnoticed until the foragers start to get active. In the spring, worker bees will be very busy gathering pollen from all the new flowers in the high desert.

Beehives can become very aggressive as they grow larger because the bees want to protect all their hard work. Coming in contact with a beehive is where people and animals get into trouble. Bees, when threatened in their home, will protect it in large numbers. This is when bees becomes very dangerous – they will alert the hive to attack and once agitated it takes them a long time to calm down.

Beehive in Wall in Sedona

Beehive in Wall in Sedona

Take a look at the pictures to see a couple of hives that we removed from homes in Prescott and Sedona. Always call a bee removal professional to handle any established hives around your home. Arizona Bug Company will give you a free estimate for beehive removal.


Category : Bugs | Pest Control | Blog
24
Jan
Crack in Cinderblock Wall Lets Rodents Into the House

Crack in Cinderblock Wall Lets Rodents Into the House

With the warmer days we’ve been having, and Spring approaching, there’s been more rodent activity here in Sedona and the Verde Valley. This homeowner in Sedona complained of hearing noises in the wall at night when they went to bed. Rodents can access your home through the smallest of openings and will often nest in areas they find as shelter. The trick is to seal off any access points. When you walk around your house, inspect the exterior and look around for anything that may be broken or misplaced. The broken cinderblock pictured made for an easy access point for the critters to get in.


Repair Cracks in Walls to Keep Rodents Out

Repair Cracks in Walls to Keep Rodents Out

These pictures show what a little time and some concrete can do at preventing rodents from getting into your home. If you think you have rodents getting into your home and would like a free consultation for rodent removal or prevention, please call us at Arizona Bug Company.


Category : Critters | Rodents | Blog
20
Jan
Subterranean Termite Damage in Flooring

Subterranean Termite Damage in Flooring

We were called about subterranean termites in Clarkdale, AZ today and couldn’t have come across a more textbook infestation. The owner of this home was unaware of these little guys until they discovered a water leak at this plumbing trap. The termites had concealed themselves in the wall, leaving very little evidence of their presence until the wall was removed to get at the plumbing. You can see in the photos the amount of damage they managed to accomplish before they were discovered.


Evidence of Subterranean Termites in Drywall

Evidence of Subterranean Termites in Drywall

In the photo of just the white drywall take a look at the line on it that goes virtually unnoticed. This is were the termites have eaten the paper out from behind the texture. Termites will eat the softer cellulose generally before going after the harder wood.


Subterranean Termite Burrow in Drywall

Subterranean Termite Burrow in Drywall

These guys will be treated with a application of Termidor and we also want to make sure the water leak is fixed to remove any excessive moisture from the area.


Category : Bugs | Pest Control | Blog
13
Jan
Tarantula Hawk Wasp

Tarantula Hawk Wasp

I saw a Tarantula Hawk (a big black wasp) hunting for tarantulas in some rocks in a customers’ garden, but by the time I ran back to the truck for the camera and got back to it, the wasp was gone. But Ed Bustya found a dead one and sent these photos along. It’s a bit dried up and missing some legs, but it still looks pretty “buggy.”


Tarantula Hawk Underside

Underneath a Tarantula Hawk


Category : Bugs | Cool Bugs | Blog
9
Dec
Pack Rat Damage in Attic

Pack Rat Damage in Attic

Simple fixes can keep pack rats out of your attic area. Please see the picture shown here because it reveals a hole that pack rats use to get access into your home. If you think you’re hearing noises at night in your attic area, please have it checked out by a pest control professional.

I know I’ve said it before, but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Make sure there are no entry points by covering any holes, such as the soffit vents, with wire screen. Also try to keep all landscaping materials cut back away from the home. Rodents will often use trees or tall shrubs adjacent to the roof to gain access to your roof top.


Category : Critters | Rodents | Blog